So many good little bits from this Dave Itzkoff piece about director Ang Lee’s attempt to make a drama – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – in 3D, at 4K resolution, shot at 120 frames per second. A few:
“I’m pretty good with bigger sequences — it’s just work, you knock off the shots,” Mr. Lee said. “No matter how complicated things are, nothing’s more complicated than reading a human face, especially with this clarity.”
Fascinating way to think about it. And:
“In its simplest form, Ang is one of the great visionaries of our business,” said Mr. Rothman, who, as chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, oversaw Life of Pi.
In the longer term, Mr. Rothman said that studios need to support filmmakers like Mr. Lee who will keep their business at the forefront of innovation at a time of overwhelming competition from other media.
“They need to dream, and we need to dare,” he said. “Because, hey, if we just sit here, it’ll be Netflix and chill instead of dinner and a movie. We’ll see what happens in the world, but I know Netflix can’t do this.”
Great “Netflix and chill” quote. I’m not sure
he knows what he’s actually implying here, but still great. That said, the notion of “I know Netflix can’t do this” – oh boy. We now cut back to former Palm CEO Ed Colligan for his perspective:
“We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”
Lastly, it’s amazing that it’s Lee who is pushing the envelope here:
Mr. Squyres could not say for certain why Mr. Lee, of all filmmakers, would emerge as a leader in technological revolution in cinema. “Ang is one of the least technical people I know,” he said. “He only got email a couple of years ago. What has pushed him is not his love of technology for technology’s sake — it’s his interest in what it can do.”